Healthcare Ethics Consultant-Certified Program

The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) was founded in January 1998 through the consolidation of three existing associations in the field: the Society for Health and Human Values (SHHV), the Society for Bioethics Consultation (SBC), and the American Association of Bioethics (AAB). This consolidation was organized by representatives of all three associations, was voted on by mail ballot of the full memberships in fall 1997 and was overwhelmingly approved. The Society is an educational organization whose purpose is to promote the exchange of ideas and foster multi-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary, and inter-professional scholarship, research, teaching, policy development, professional development, and collegiality among people engaged in all of the endeavors related to clinical and academic bioethics and the health-related humanities.
How To Register
  1. Review the candidate handbook before completing the application. Follow the instructions given, and address any questions to the HCEC Certification Commission at 847.375.4745 or Failure to follow the instructions can lead to the denial of an application.
  2. Review the eligibility requirements. DO NOT submit an application before you have satisfied all eligibility requirements.
  3. Download the application, complete it electronically, and save it.
    Mac users: You must use Adobe Reader to complete this application. If you have not already downloaded Adobe Reader, please visit the Adobe website for instructions on how to download it to your device.
  4. Upload the application and complete the payment.
  5. Once you have completed the application, access your ASBH account (“My Account”) from the membership menu.
    Note: If you are a current or former ASBH member, have attended a meeting, or have purchased a product, you already have an ASBH online account. If you do not recall your user name or password, please call 847.375.4745 or e-mail for assistance. If you do not have an account associated with ASBH, you will be asked to set up a free account.
  6. Once you have accessed your account, click on “HEC-C Application” (left-side menu), then click “Add a New Document” to upload the application.
  7. Click “Pay Now” to complete the payment.
    Note: Your application is not considered complete until it has been uploaded and payment has been received by ASBH.
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Schedule A Test

If your application is approved, you will receive a notice via email that will allow you to schedule your examination at the testing center of your choice. Testing centers are located in the U.S. and Canada, each maintaining its own schedule based on overall demand and scheduling constraints. Some centers have a limited schedule or limited seating. See the candidate handbook for more information on examination scheduling and check the Scantron website to see where your nearest testing center is located.

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Purchase Practice Tests

American Society for Bioethics and Humanities offers an online practice examination with sample questions similar in type to those that will be found on the actual examination. The HEC-C Practice Examination is composed of 50 multiple-choice questions and is intended to provide individuals with a sample of the type of questions that will be asked. These practice questions do not appear on the certification examination. Success on the practice examination does not guarantee positive results on the certification exam. The intent of the practice exam is to give you experience with taking an online exam, the format of the questions, and the type of content that you’ll see on the certification exam. You cannot re-enter this test once you have submitted it for scoring. Your score on the practice exam is NOT predictive of your score on the certification examination.

Question Count: 50

Duration of Practice Examination: You will have unlimited time to take the test, as long as you complete it within 365 days of the purchase date.  Your examination will auto-submit for scoring once your 365 days have passed from the purchase date or you may manually submit it earlier. Once an examination has been auto-submitted due to the 365 days having passed or you choose to submit it, you will not be able to re-access the examination.

Duration of Eligibility: 365 days from the date of purchase or upon candidate submission.

Feedback/ Score Report: Your practice examination score results will be immediate. Upon conclusion of the practice examination, you will receive a report that will let you know how many questions you answered correctly and incorrectly in each content area of the practice examination and will also provide rationale information and further reading to support the correct answer.

New users, initial purchase

Before purchasing the practice test, create a user account.

Fill out the Create Your Account form, including required fields (* denotes mandatory fields), and click Submit at the bottom of the form. Remember your username and password to access your dashboard in the future.

You will be redirected to Your Tests. If you don’t see any in your account, open a new tab in your current browser and purchase the practice exam.

Existing users, initial purchase

If you already have a user account, purchase the practice test.

Existing users, initial access after purchase

If you already have a user account and have purchased the practice test, log in to your account.

HEC-C Practice Exam - $85 USD
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